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Is Adam Sandler’s career over?

Comedy star’s recent effort Pixels has been crushed to the core by critics upon its release this week.

One of the critics stated: “Sandler and his crew are the only people who could put less thought and effort into a 100-minute feature film than the original filmmaker put into a two-and-a-half-minute short”.

Pixels marks his latest flop. The worrying factor is that it hasn’t just been thrashed by the critics but it might turn out to be a huge failure at the box office too…Ooops, Sorry Adam.

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Adam Sandler stars alongside Michelle Monaghan and Kevin James

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With an estimated budget of $110 million, the expectations for the film’s weekend gross are now down to even less than $25 million in the US box office, Box Office Mojo reports. With only a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a low 5.0 (Metascore: 27/100) on IMDB, the film is likely to fall victim to a bad word of mouth in the upcoming days and weeks to come.

Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) in Columbia Pictures' PIXELS.

Inkoo Kang from ‘TheWrap’ was among the majority of critics who were informing the readers that giving any more money to Sandler has to stop. “Pixels is ultimately a thoroughly numbing experience, not least because all the characters are doomed by a psychological flatness more two-dimensional than any arcade-game screen. Even by the standards of a B-movie, ‘Pixels’ sinks because Sandler’s nasty, punch-down insult comedy is aimed at anyone who isn’t a “good guy.” Fat guys get fat jokes, female divorcees are generalized as ugly, and one older, supposedly not-hot-enough woman is compared to Gandalf,” Kang wrote.

The first trailer released for the film generated more than 30 million views in just 24 hours, but now the over whelming negative responses from almost every critic seems to be killing the buzz.

See the trailer for Pixels here:

Below are some more of the worst reviews of the film trending on the web at the moment:

Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly writes: “Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company won the rights to turn ‘Pixels’ into a feature film. Sadly, they’ve turned it into an Adam Sandler film, albeit one slightly less lazy and obnoxious than his other recent efforts. Of course, calling ‘Pixels’ one of Sandler’s better movies is like calling a particular strain of Ebola somewhat less horrifically painful; either way, it’s not pleasant.

Joe Neumaier of New York Daily News writes: “Every joke is lame, every special effect unspecial. When the aliens use various Reagan-era pop-cultural artifacts, such as Max Headroom and Madonna, to deliver messages, it’s not even worth a smirk. Just as bad are the Sandler specialties the movie is shoehorned around. Forget Columbus; this is a one-player game. All the Sandler signposts are here: moronic middle-ager wins over attractive woman; kid looks up to the doofus as a role model; people make up nicknames based on appearances. As for Sandler himself, he shlumps around so lazily he’s like a Robotron.”

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon writes: “Pixels is more than just another lazy Adam Sandler movie in which he is actually the coolest guy in the universe but badly misunderstood (especially by the ladies). It is also another lazy Adam Sandler exercise in ’80s nostalgia in which, blah blah blah. Ladies, please! Form a line.”

Will Leitch of Deadspin writes: “This would seem to be either a) a clever idea for a short film, but not enough to sustain a feature film, or b) in the hands of an adventurous director and cast, perhaps a way to mine our cultural obsession with nostalgia, and how it might connect with our conflicted relationship with technology. But a terrible idea–an immediate way to disembowel the whole concept, in fact–is to hand it over to the Happy Madison crew and just let them dick around with it. Adam Sandler and his crew are the only people who could put less thought and effort into a 100-minute feature film than the original filmmaker put into a two-and-a-half-minute short.”

Bryan Bishop of The Verge writes: “As executed, it’s like Contact meets Armageddon meets sticking knives into my eyes, but what’s most frustrating is that, philosophically, the concept is actually intriguing. There’s something about the idea of our own recycled pop culture coming back to do us in that feels timely and unique, a meta commentary on the sad state of reboots and ultra-franchised everything. But that would require some daring, or at least some basic situational awareness, and Pixels can’t be bothered with either.”

Kyle Smith of New York Post writes: “Pixels started off lazily enough, with nothing more on its mind than ripping off ‘Ghostbusters’ with video game characters. But it stumbled onto an accomplishment truly awe-inspiring: It makes ‘Battleship’ and ‘The Watch’ look good. Hiding Adam Sandler’s participation on the poster of the film is understandable, but the studio should have taken the logical next step and made the entire film disappear, or at least have shot it off into space like the clips of 1982 pop-culture highlights which, in ‘Pixels,’ are seen by aliens.”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes: “Director Chris Columbus surely hopes that today’s teen gamers, hooked on Halo and Call of Duty, will care about what happened 30 years ago. That’s iffy, unless 13-year-olds think it’s a scream when Dinklage asks to be part of a sex sandwich with Serena Williams and Martha Stewart, who both do cameos. Yikes! I saw Pixels as a 3D metaphor for Hollywood’s digital assault on our eyes and brains. Not funny. Just relentless and exhausting.”

Sandy Cohen of Associated Press writes: “The core concept is clever — space aliens misunderstand a recording of old video-games as a declaration of war, and send digital monsters based on those games to Earth as their army. But its execution in the hands of director-producer Chris Columbus and star-producer Adam Sandler is a mess. This disappointing comedy falls apart before it begins because no one would behave the way its characters do, and their ridiculous choices drive the action.”

Jordan Hoffman of Mashable writes: “Pixels is a can’t-lose formula. Take the basic premise from ‘Galaxy Quest’ but swap out Star Trek with retro video games, throw in some nifty special effects and what could possibly go wrong? Three words: Adam F#%&ing Sandler… In scene after scene, Sandler’s bozo loser schtick brings Pixels to a screeching halt. As the high concept is gaining momentum on one end (aliens from space misinterpreting our gaming classics as a call to war!), Sandler is hogging the screen with his humiliatingly unfunny self-confidence conflict and love interest arc. The silence, where there was supposed to be laughter, made the screening I attended uncomfortable.”

These are some of the critics’ ramblings from the worst reviews found on the web about the film. Though, one simple question remains: Are the audiences thinking the same?

The film has been released in the US as of yesterday (24th of July) and will be making its way into the UK and worldwide cinemas later this summer.

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